Lunch Buffet

Martin Longman are dividing up the College Guide and Rankings stories to write about, but I gotta tell you, it’s all pretty fascinating, particularly in view of the impending national college rating system.

Here are some midday news/views treats:

* Obama declares it “Women’s Economy Day” in recognition of anniversary of certification of 19th Amendment giving women right to vote.

* Pew study indicates social media do not reduce, and may actually increase, the unwillingness of people with unfashionable views to communicate them.

* BuzzFeed article has interesting photos of pro-Darren-Wilson demonstrators in St. Louis holding up posters festooned with peace signs. What do you suppose that’s about? Also interesting that Wilson deemed persecuted even though there’s no sign yet of an indictment.

* At the Prospect, Paul Waldman assesses Rand Paul’s formidable media skills.

*A-a-a-a-nd: Jennifer Rubin blames liberal media for Rand Paul’s success.

And in non-political news:

* HP recalls 6 million laptop power cords sold between 2010 and 2012. Now you tell us: I had two or three of the suckers, but have since moved on from HP products.

As we break for lunch, I really don’t feel like another Cowsills video, so here’s another song more or less about the 1968 Democratic Convention and its aftermath: Graham Nash’s “Chicago:”

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.